Friday, April 18, 2014

Resurrection rolls

 Happy Good Friday Friends! 
As I've been pondering the cross today I am constantly in awe of God's goodness and grace to save such sinners like me. 
He is so so good. 
By his wounds we are healed. 
Crazy and awesome.
Thank you Jesus! 

One of our families favorite Easter traditions is making resurrection rolls. 

It's such a fun and hands on way to teach our kids the true meaning of Easter. 
Plus they are yummy. 
Win win. 

We always start by reading about the crucifixion and death/burial of Jesus before we make the rolls.

Then comes the fun part of actually assembling them. 
The kids get to roll the marshmallow (which symbolizes Jesus) in oil (melted butter) and them prepare his body for burial with spices (by rolling marshmallow in cinnamon/sugar). Than they get to wrap Jesus (the marshmallow) in burial linens (the crescent roll). And place them in the oven to bake.

Here’s a breakdown of the symbolism:
  • Large Marshmallows – body of Jesus
  • Melted Butter – oils of embalming
  • Cinnamon  and Sugar Mix- spices used to anoint the body.
  • Crescent Roll – the wrapping of Jesus’ body or the tomb.
  • Oven – the tomb
  • Cavity in bun – the empty tomb or the empty cloths

*For more details details on resurrection rolls look here or here).

As the rolls are baking we read the story of of Jesus' resurrection

and then we get to eat them!! 

The kids always love seeing how the "tomb" is empty after the rolls bake. 
Jesus has risen! 

 so cool! 

And just for fun we dyed eggs too.

pretty and tasty. 
Egg salad sandwich anyone?

What are some of your favorite Easter traditions?

Below are some of the other Easter activities we have done in the past t help teach our kids that Easter is about SO much more than just plastic eggs and yummy candy.

this felt cross

 and this activity to demonstrate the cross and resurrection 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Camping at Caspers

 Last weekend we snuck away for a quick camping adventure.

We went to one of our favorite local places called Caspers Wilderness Park. 

Camping is our happy place. 
I think it's good for the soul to take a break from the real world and get out into nature. 
Plus it's super fun. 

A few months ago we bought a tent trailer (off Craigslist) which has made camping a million times easier. 
We can't tell you how much we love it!!

our little explorers 

Even the weeds are pretty.
Except stinging nettle
Oh man! OUCH!
Not pretty at all. 

He's a happy camper

This makes my heart happy 

Our first attempt at a family pic

Shadow pic

Another big reason I loving camping is 
If you haven't tried them with cinnamon graham crackers you must. 

We could sit and watch the fire all night long

Glow sticks make camping even better

My Maddie girl

We made some new friends with the people in the site next to us.
The kids could have climbed that tree all day long.

 So pretty 

These were some of the most beautiful flowers I had ever seen. 

"We're going on a bear hunt, gonna catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We aren't scared..."
Anyone else love that book?

 so many pretty wildflowers this time of year

all worn out 

 lunch time 


Oh how I love camping!
 We are counting the days until our next adventure. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

i hate running

I hate running.

These e cards sum up my feelings on the subject.

But running is free
and good for you. 
So reluctantly I started the couch to 5K program (app) again. 
This is my 3rd time doing it and as much as I hate running this program actually makes it possible (the running part).
Trust me if I can do it, anyone can.

So I'm running. 
3 times a week. 
And I literally sleep in my running clothes so all I have to do is wake up and go (can you tell I'm not a morning person?). 

And I haven't died yet. 
Thank you Jesus. 

And as much as I hate the actual running part
I have been enjoying the alone time first thing in the morning. 

And the crisp fresh air. 

And the quiet.

I find myself noticing the beauty around me that I'm normally too busy to see. 

And getting some time to prepare my heart and mind and attitude for the day. 
So those are good things. 

Anyone else tried the Couch to 5k app? 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Queen Bee Market and giveaway!

Queen Bee Market's Spring boutique is right around the corner (yay!).

Are you coming? 
Because you should!
It's one of my favorite boutiques to participate in and shop at.
I always describe it as Etsy in building. 
There are so many awesome vendors and so much unique stuff there.

 As a little preview for the boutique, Mique from 30 Handmade Days, is putting on a giant giveaway. 
Head on over to her blog for the details on how to win 2 Lu Bird Baby towels (of your choice) PLUS $700 of other awesome prizes. 

And don't forget to mark your calendars for May 2nd and 3rd.